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Sony and Panasonic to Develop Next-Generation Optical Discs

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Sony Corporation ('Sony') and Panasonic Corporation ('Panasonic') today announced that they have signed a basic agreement with the objective of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs, with the objective of expanding their archive business for long-term digital data storage. Both companies aim to improve their development efficiency based on the technologies held by each respective company, and will target the development of an optical disc with recording capacity of at least 300 GB by the end of 2015. Going forward, Sony and Panasonic will continue to hold discussions regarding the specifications and other items relating to the development of this new standard.

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They should do it faster. Is already much more convenient to save large amount of data on external HDD which are getting cheaper and bigger by day. Also way faster than any disks out there.
 
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Since this seems to be aimed at professional use, could this be a precursor to 4k sized movies? The industry seems to be moving in the direction of getting the 4k televisions up and running at consumer affordable prices. Maybe this might be in conjunction with that. Wonder what they might call it next. Oh, I know...4k discs :laugh:

But in all seriousness, SSDs with their physical footprint and bigger sized storage becoming smaller and faster, I don't see the point of this for the regular joe. By the time these discs are "ready" to come out, we will already have SATA-Express rated SSDs...and you know what that means...:nutkick:
 

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Should've develop more efficient flash based storage (both in performance, capacity and manufacturing) instead.
 
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They should do it faster. Is already much more convenient to save large amount of data on external HDD which are getting cheaper and bigger by day. Also way faster than any disks out there.
Indeed,.....

Sony 4K Ultra HD TV models make use of their proprietary Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra HP Media Player. Which apparently comes with 10 preloaded movies. So Sony, the winner of the HD disc format wars (Blu-Ray) decided to ship 4K media on a HDD based server and not an optical disc format.

Beyond that Sony seems to be gearing up for what they call the "Unlimited 4K Network" which suggest 4K streaming not disc distribution. Think Apple iTunes and App store distribution via download only!!!

Also note that the Sony 4K media player apparently wont work with anything but a Sony 4K UHDTV. So any other manufacturers 4K UHDTV is out,...

So even Sony, a company previously entrenched in a stranglehold on HD optical disc formats and has proprietary rights / control over a large (and growing) stockpile of media,....doesn't seem even a little interested in a 4K optical media format,.....
 
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OMG not omg all over again.... smh
 
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For 4K streaming I think you need at least 30Mbps broadband. In Eastern Asia/Europe that's not a problem tho...
 
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I see zero point in optical media. I haven't used CD's or DVD's for years, haven't even considered BluRay despite being more accessibe now. With all the portable USB HDD's and thumbdrives, i see very little point in using the fragile and slow discs that you can only write once and in one session only.
 

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they need to make optical discs cheaper. recently the cost of dvds went up here from 10inr to 16inr